Nicholas Berliner took up his duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary in September 2022. In the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs he is responsible for Russia, as well as Non-Proliferation, Security Assistance, and Arms Control.
Prior to his return to Washington, Nicholas served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium in Brussels, where he was also Chargé d’affaires from 2021 to 2022. Prior to this, Nicholas was Director of the Office of Russian Affairs at the Department of State from 2017 to 2019 and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassy in Tbilisi from 2014 to 2017.
Nicholas also served as the Director for Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House in Washington DC, where he coordinated U.S. policy toward Central Asia. Before his assignment to the White House, Nicholas was the Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the Political-Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and has also served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Zagreb and Moscow, as well as at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels.
Nicholas holds a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and speaks Russian, Croatian, Spanish and French. He is married and has three children.